Delegation is the act of assigning tasks or responsibilities to another person. In a work setting, delegation involves managers or supervisors entrusting specific duties to their employees. It enables managers to distribute their workload and focus on higher-level tasks that require more attention and expertise. Delegation is also an effective way to promote employee development as it helps them acquire new skills and gain confidence in performing different functions.

Benefits of Delegation

Delegation is essential for any manager looking to maximize their team’s productivity.

  • Free up time and focus on more critical projects by assigning tasks and responsibilities to the right people.
  • Provides opportunities for employees to develop new skills and take on more challenging assignments.
  • Helps managers avoid burnout by allowing them to take a step back and recharge while ensuring that all necessary work is completed.
  • Fosters teamwork and collaboration.
  • Better support each other and work together towards shared goals.
  • Increased job satisfaction and improved overall team performance.
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What Task to Delegate

One of the most challenging aspects of effective delegation is identifying tasks that can be delegated. These steps can help:

  1. What tasks can you delegate? Analyze your daily activities and determine which tasks require the most time or specialized skills. 
  2. Can someone else help? Examine task one and ask yourself if someone else on your team could perform them just as well or even better.
  3. Understand your team’s strengths and weaknesses. Assigning a job to someone who needs to gain the necessary skills or experience can lead to satisfaction and wasted time for both you and your team members. On the other hand, delegating a task that plays to someone’s strengths can boost their confidence and motivation while freeing up valuable time for you.
  4. What tasks are essential for you as a leader?  By carefully analyzing your workload and considering the skills of those around you, you can identify critical areas where the delegation will significantly impact your productivity and overall success at work.

Who Can Help?

1. Strengths and weaknesses. Identify individuals with the necessary skills and experience to complete the task at hand effectively. Delegating something too complex or outside of a person’s expertise can lead to frustration and poor results.

2. Reliable, responsible, and able to work independently. They should be able to manage their time well and proactively seek guidance when needed. Avoid delegating tasks to those known for being consistently disorganized or forgetful.

3. Consider workload. Overloading an employee with too many tasks can lead to burnout and decreased productivity – so choose someone with the appropriate capacity for the job.

Clear Expectations

One of the key factors to effective delegation is setting clear expectations and rewards for the task at hand. When delegating a job, you must communicate what you’re looking for and what outcome you expect. This will help ensure that everyone involved understands what needs to be done, how it should be done, and by whom.

Establish Rewards

By offering incentives or recognition for a job well done, you can motivate your team members and encourage them to put forth their best effort. This could include anything from public recognition in a team meeting to bonuses or time off as a reward.
When people know precisely what is expected of them and have something meaningful to work towards, they are likelier to take ownership of their responsibilities and do their best work possible.


Accountability ensures everyone stays on track, meets deadlines, and produces high-quality work. Regular check-ins are crucial. This can be done through weekly team meetings or one-on-one conversations with individual team members to assess progress and address any issues or concerns that may arise. These check-ins should be structured but flexible enough to allow for adjustments as needed.

Get More Time Back

Effective delegation can help you as a leader get more time back to focus on essential tasks. By identifying the right people for the job and clearly defining roles and responsibilities, you can trust your team members to handle their assigned tasks while you tackle other priorities.

Ultimately, successful delegation is about building trust with your team members and empowering them to take ownership of their work. Doing so will get more done yourself and develop a stronger and more capable team over time.

About the Author Ben Shaver

For over a decade, I've guided growing dental practices and groups on how to use leadership and communication to build referable teams and memorable brands.

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